Contextual Information for UCAS Tutors

School policy is: that all students in Year 12 study a core programme of 4 courses and in Year 13, all students study a core programme of at least 3 courses.

Students were not routinely entered for linear AS examinations in Year 12 - they were only entered where they did not wish to pursue one of their four (linear) courses into Year 13 (ie their fourth course).  Some students took AS examinations in more than one subject because they were following legacy, modular courses. In rare exceptions, because of concerns about student progress or other circumstances, some students may not have been entered for an AS in their fourth subject.

In Year 13, most students will continue with a programme of three (A level) courses. Exceptional students may continue with more than three A levels in Year 13.

Early Entry:

To stretch and challenge our most able students, Beths has a well-established programme of allowing Year 11 students to study for one full AS level alongside a full programme of GCSEs.  Students who have successfully completed AS levels in Year 11, can therefore study full A levels in Year 12, as a part of their programme of four subjects.

However, with the introduction of the new style GCE, early entry AS levels are now largely being phased out of our Key Stage 4 curriculum.

UCAS Predicted Grades:

UCAS predicted grades are based on the professional judgement of subject teachers and are informed by:

  • AS exam results (where taken)
  • Year 12 Trial (internal) examinations
  • Teacher assessment throughout the year, including assessed classwork, homework, test scores and coursework/controlled assessments
  • Individual circumstances which may have contributed to a performance below expectations either during the year or during trail/public exams.